Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Prime Childrens Dental Care is pleased to participate in the Child Dental Benefit Scheme as provided through Medicare and went into effect on January 1, 2014.  The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital, such as those performed under general anaesthesia.

To learn more about CDBS, please visit the Medicare website.

To use CDBS, please ensure that you follow these steps.

  1. Confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at myGov or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.
  2. Make an appointment with Prime Childrens Dental Care and let us know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
  3. At the time of the appointment, we will discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services.  After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form.
  4. After we have provided the services agreed for your child, we ask that you pay your account in full and then claim the benefit through Medicare.


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